PSNI worker ‘had loaded gun while drunk’

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A police CCTV operator has appeared in court charged with having a loaded gun while drunk.

Ian Cardwell is alleged to have committed the firearms offence at his home on the outskirts of Belfast.

The 53-year-old, of Ballyduff Road in Newtownabbey, was arrested during the incident on March 25.

Entering the dock at Belfast Magistrates’ Court dressed in a shirt and tie, Cardwell nodded to confirm he understood the charge.

A police constable said he could connect the accused to the alleged offence of possessing a loaded firearm while drunk or under the influence of drugs.

No further details were disclosed during the brief hearing.

Cardwell, who is believed to work at a PSNI station in Belfast, was released on continuing bail.

He is due back in court in two weeks’ time.